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On Stack Exchange sites, I keep seeing answerers use "OP" to refer to the person who asked a question. I can't seem to find any enlightenment online as to what it means.

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FYI, google is good at classifying acronyms (eg, using the exact title of this question what does OP mean) –  Jamiec Jul 22 at 13:42

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The characters "OP" stand for "Original Poster", the person originally asking the question.

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Also, somewhat less commonly, OP refers to the post itself; "Original Post". –  Andrew Barber Sep 10 '12 at 14:51
    
@AndrewBarber Ha, have a look at my revision history. I took it out because I could not find a reliable reference for it, so I assumed it might just have been me. :) –  Bart Sep 10 '12 at 14:53
    
ahh! hehe... nope, not just you! –  Andrew Barber Sep 10 '12 at 14:54
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For newcomers (like me), it's a little disconcerting to be referred to as an acronym you don't understand. –  kdavies4 Jul 6 '14 at 3:55
    
I thought it was originated from mIRC /op :) –  Uri Abramson Oct 5 '14 at 13:11
    
thank you, I was feeling ashamed to ask that in other stack... –  DanielV Apr 14 at 12:27

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